Our Team

Noel McGinn

NoelNoel McGinn is the President of Causal Links. He is Professor Emeritus of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Fellow Emeritus of the Harvard Institute for International Development. He has been a policy advisor to over two dozen national governments, non-governmental organizations, and international development agencies on broad strategies for improvement of public education systems. He is the co-author of Framing Questions, Constructing Answers: Linking research with education policy for developing countries and Informed Dialogue: Using Research to Shape Education Policy Around the World. Noel earned a PhD in Psychology from University of Michigan.

Massoud Moussavi

Massoud Moussavi is the Founder and Managing Director of Causal Links.  He has more than 20 years of experience at the World Bank where he developed frameworks and models to estimate the impact and effectiveness of various policy options in a range of topics from education planning to risk assessment in banking. He has also been a resident scholar at American University, and a visiting scientist at the UK-based research center of Schlumberger, an international oil and gas services company. His experience spans countries in Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa.  Massoud has a PhD in Computer Science from George Washington University.

Kent Lewis

Kent Lewis has more than 20 years of experience in international education, working on issues such as institutional design, capacity development, education reform, strategic planning and research-policy linkages. He has undertaken long- and short-term assignments in the former Soviet republics, Qatar, Pakistan, Brazil, and other countries on behalf of education and development organizations, such as Teachers College (Columbia University), Qatar Foundation, the World Bank, and the Eurasia Foundation. He holds masters and bachelors degrees from the University of Kansas.

Catherine Kleynhoff

Catherine has 30 years of experience at the World Bank Group on a variety of assignments in operations in over 20 countries. Her strengths are in financial planning, strategic planning and policy formulation, impact assessment, and project management. She holds an MBA in finance from George Washington University, and attended an Education Policy Program at Stanford University and an Executive Development Program at Harvard Business School.


Leona Ba

Leona BaLeona Ba has more than 20 years of experience in evaluating and improving the performance and effectiveness of organizations, teams and programs in various sectors, including agriculture, climate change, education, emergency response, and health, mainly in Haiti and various countries in Africa. She integrates organizational factors such as strategy, culture, structure, knowledge management, and organizational environment in order to develop feedback mechanisms between evaluation and organizational processes that facilitate organizational learning. Most recently she has worked on assignments for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State, the UK’s Department for International development (DFID), the World Cocoa Foundation, the George Washington University and the U.S. Forest Service. Leona holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development/ Organizational Development from the George Washington University, and a Master of Science in Agriculture from the University of Maryland.

Shawki Barghouti

shawki2Shawki Barghouti has extensive experience in agriculture with many international organizations including Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, and the World Bank.  He held various positions at the World Bank including irrigation advisor and Division Chief for agriculture and water for South Asia, Chief of the Agricultural Technology and Water and Natural Resources Division, advisor for the agricultural and water portfolio, and the science and technology advisor to the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the Bank.  He has also been the Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai. He has a PhD in agriculture from the University of Wisconsin.

Vilas Mandlekar

Vilas Mandlekar has over 30 years of experience at the World Bank Group on a variety of assignments across operations, and its Finance and Development Economics (data) departments. Vilas obtained valuable insights on the business processes in these units, and in managing the planning, funding, design, development and implementation of IT-based solutions to support them. He also has an excellent grasp of the budgeting, procurement and funding processes for development projects. Vilas has an MS in Business from George Washington University.


Pamela Mbabazi

Pam - MarchPamela Mbabazi is a Professor of Development Studies and has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science & Technology, which is Uganda’s second state University for the last five years. She was involved in setting up new training programs and specifically the establishment of a new Faculty of Development Studies, which has now been transformed into an Institute. She has more than fifteen years of training and research in Higher Education and is a seasoned researcher. Some of her publications include work on Peace Building in Africa, Oil and Land Governance as well as Democratization challenges on the continent.


Dr. Aminata Yandeh Sallah

Aminata Sallah is a physician with combined experience of over 10 years in various aspects of Medicine; Administrative, Laboratory, Clinical and Academic. Most of clinical practice in tropical/sub-tropical environments. Critical thinker intrigued by concepts of Leapfrogging societies, sustainable development, alternative energy sources and appropriate technology particularly in their application to medicine. Education: University of Edinburgh (UK) MSc ongoing, University of The Gambia School of Medicine (The Gambia) MBChB-Medical Degree, Elmira College (USA) BSc-Science and Communication.

Rachel Cheuk



Rachel graduated from George Washington University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and Computer Science. Since then, she has used her background to develop software for a variety of government and commercial clients. She currently supports Casual Links in architecting a new web application for visualizing causal models.